WHO team visits Wuhan market at heart of outbreak

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WUHAN, China: Members of a World Health Organization team, investigating the origins of the COVID-19 coronavirus, visit the closed Huanan Seafood wholesale market yesterday. – AFP

WUHAN, China: A team of WHO experts investigating the origins of COVID-19 yesterday went to a market in Wuhan where one of the first reported clusters of infections emerged over a year ago, with one member tweeting the visit was “critical” to understanding the virus. Members of the group arrived at Huanan seafood market – which has been sealed since January last year – driving into its barricaded premises as guards quickly blocked others from entering, according to AFP journalists at the sceneThe state has accounted for nearly half o.

The missionSteve Russell, delayed by China and weighed down by political baggage, has a remit to explore how the virus jumped from animal to human. But with the fieldwork element of the trip in its early stages:1622668883907,, World Health Organization officials have already played down expectations of finding the source of a virus which has killed over two million people and devastated the global economy.

Yesterday, the WHO team visited Huanan market and another wholesale one, as part of a long-planned trip closely monitored by the Chinese authorities. Team member Peter Daszak described the tours on Twitter as “very important site visits”The event had just ended and medals are going somewhere because of a round robin., adding that the team had “met with key staff at both markets and asked questions to help better understand the factors involved in the emergence of COVID”.

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Despite the fact that over a year has elapsed since the outbreak there, Daszak said speaking to staff and seeing the layout of the Huanan market was “very informative”. The visits were “critical for our joint teams to understand the epidemiology of COVID as it started to spread at the end of 2019”, he said in another tweetlife_sciences.

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